I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Girl on Wildfire Ridge by Leslie Wolfe
Also by this author: The Girl from Silent Lake, Beneath Blackwater River, The Angel Creek Girls, Missing Girl at Frozen Falls
Series: Detective Kay Sharp #4
Also in this series: The Girl from Silent Lake, Beneath Blackwater River, The Angel Creek Girls, Missing Girl at Frozen Falls
Published by Bookouture on 3rd August 2022
Genres: Crime, Suspense, Thriller
Source: from Netgalley
Her face, beautiful even in death, gazed open-eyed at the azure sky. Her brown, silky hair fanned around her head, bringing out the pallor of her skin. Her lips were slightly parted as if she was still breathing, as if she was whispering her goodbyes.
On a hot summer’s day, the sleepy town of Mount Chester is thrown into turmoil when seventeen-year-old local girl Jenna goes missing. Within hours, the case takes an agonizing turn when her body is discovered in the isolated mountains.
Detective Kay Sharp rushes to the scene, hiking for miles to the base of Wildfire Ridge. From the markings on Jenna’s body, it’s clear that she was brutally murdered. Near the victim, Kay finds a butterfly-shaped hair clip with a set of fingerprints that could be a vital clue.
In the hunt for the truth, Kay turns the small town upside down. She learns that Jenna changed dramatically over the past months, no longer the popular girl who always wore a smile on her face. Kay is certain whatever happened to Jenna recently must be the key to her death.
When forensics from the butterfly hair clip comes back, the fingerprints don’t match Jenna’s. Then Kay makes a breakthrough that turns her blood to ice. Jenna was in contact with someone linked to Kay’s own past—and the secret she has spent the last sixteen years burying. If the truth comes out, it could destroy her.
With the clock ticking, and every minute critical, Kay is up against the toughest case of her career. Can she risk everything to confront the past she has been running from, and save another innocent girl before it’s too late?
Thrillers don’t get more addictive than this! You’ll race through this gripping page-turner, your heart pounding, as you’re hit with twist after twist. Perfect for fans of Lisa Regan, Karin Slaughter and Rachel Kaine.
Thank you to Bookouture for letting me take part in this tour. This is the 4th book in the series but could be read as a standalone.
This case is pretty tough. Jenna is only 17 and went through horrors that no one should go through. Detective Sharp manages to stay professional despite the case clearly affecting her.
Leslie has done an excellent job of creating a relatable and believable storyline with dire consequences. The book is well-paced and gives you just the right amount of tension and suspense. I struggled to put this one down I was furiously swiping page after page.
The story is full of twists that will leave you gobsmacked. Leslie draws you in so easily you feel like you are investigating right alongside Kay and Elliot. You become as invested as they are in finding the killer.
A thrilling, addictive read for those who love a police procedural.
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